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Karen

I'm an LMT originally from the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad and Tobago. I lived in NYC off and on for 15 years. I decided I had enough of long cold winters so summer of 2012 I relocated and now live in sunny Sarasota FL and loving every moment of it. My favorite thing to do is lay on the beach all day long listening to the waves and a great audible book.

Sarasota,FL. United States

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  • The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Carmine Gallo
    • Narrated By Carmine Gallo
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (359)

    Whether he was introducing the latest iPad or delivering a keynote presentation, Steve Jobs electrified audiences with his incomparable style and showmanship. He didn’t just convey information in his presentations; he told a story, painted a picture, and shared a vision. He gave his audience a transformative experience that was unique, inspiring, and unforgettable. Now you can do it too, by learning the specific techniques that made Jobs the most captivating communicator on the world stage.

    William says: "Great ideas!"
    "Valuable Instructional"
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    If you could sum up The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    valuable, insightful and awakening


    What did you like best about this story?

    The breakdown, point by point instructions


    What does Carmine Gallo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A better way to understand


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, not that type of book


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5257)
    Performance
    (4837)
    Story
    (4833)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Exciting Foundation - Rewarding and Complete"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend the whole series. I read all 5 books starting with The Chronicles. Now that I have finished both series, I loved it so much, I immediately started reading it again starting this time with the Revelations. Now that I am reading for the second time around there is so much more meaning to little clues that the author left and such deeper understanding to the greater scheme of things.I think it really does not matter which set you read first, these 2 series are so complete and well developed that each set holds it's own.This book is really 2 books in one which adds so much value to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Besides the lead characters, Myron was my favorite in all the books in which he played a part. So pure and almost childlike in his discovery of the world outside the Abby. He is so funny and lovable while just being his brilliant but clueless, selfless and awestruck self.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Royce, Hadrian, Myron and Ulrich journeyed into Grutara to come face to face with the prisoner Ezra. The entire scenery and characters inside the prison was epic and breathtaking. Would love to see it translated into film cinematography.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Swords and Prisons. A story of lost Kings and Warriors and their journey back to themselves.


    Any additional comments?

    These books are 2 complete stories that continue one into the other. Great value and best credits I ever spent!!!...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3840)
    Performance
    (3536)
    Story
    (3557)

    On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

    Ron says: "Spectacular fantasy series"
    "Conspiracy Extraordinaire - My New #1"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book, far more I would recommend the whole series


    What did you like best about this story?

    Before I got the book I read a review that stated "I did not see the plot coming". I figured armed with that info I would be able to formulate many possible outcomes and so I would not be surprised.
    Guess what... I was totally surprised and blown away. I never saw that scenario, I was floored more than once when certain revelations came to light.
    I'm not sure what I liked the most, there were so many things. The whole series was so well written, full of action, never a dull moment, plenty of suspense, humor, wonderfully and well built characters.
    I laughed, I cried, I was scared, I was elated, my imagination was definitely challenged and satisfied by this totally believable world that was created. I almost want to set out to find this world and it's characters...lol


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    The leading characters of Royce and Hadrion were undeniable but I really loved Myron.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    100% YES!!!... I laughed, I cried, I was in suspense, I was scared and elated and excited. nothing was missing. This series has replaced The Infernal Devices as my #1 in a series.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Forges

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By James A. Moore
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (69)

    The Seven Forges are a range of impassable mountains, far to the north of the settled lands of Fellein. From time to time explorers venture up beyond the Blasted Lands in search of a way over them and the promise of legendary riches, but without success. Now Captain Merros Dulver has found a path, and encountered, at last, the half-forgotten people who dwell there. And it would appear they were expecting him.

    joel says: "Can't wait for the next one!"
    "Great Foundation for the Sequel"
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    Where does Seven Forges rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This one has interested me enough to get the sequel ( I hope there is a sequel coming).

    The first three quarters of the book was by no means slow but still I was wondering where this is all going. It was all spent building a strong foundation for the characters, for the next in the series.
    A little bit predictable at times, as each scene unfolded. All very political and as diplomatic as possible, considering the circumstances of 2 civilizations that thrived for a thousand years with very different rules, customs, practices and beliefs. The reward was in the last quarter of the story.

    The last quarter the story took such an unexpected turn. As events started to almost simultaneously occur, all things predictable was gone and the book ended in a series of cliffhangers and with the promise of a very unpredictable, action packed and magical sequel.

    I hope there is a sequel really soon.


    Would you recommend Seven Forges to your friends? Why or why not?

    Absolutely would recommend it but I may have to wait for news of the sequel. Nobody likes to be left hanging.


    Which character – as performed by David de Vries – was your favorite?

    Suvek.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nothing in particular stands out. There were a few moments of jesting which was funny and made me chuckle.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Princess: Infernal Devices, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Daniel Sharman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1332)
    Performance
    (1207)
    Story
    (1219)

    Don't miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture, in theaters August 2013. Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times best-selling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close. If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it? The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose. Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment. Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the best-selling Infernal Devices trilogy.

    Amazon Customer says: "I Completely Enjoyed It"
    "Exceeded Expectations"
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    Would you listen to The Clockwork Princess again? Why?

    Yes I would but I would listen to the full series again. It never disappointed me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that Tessa, through her journey of life was able to have a life with both of her loves, in their own time.


    Have you listened to any of Daniel Sharman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not. But I did enjoy his narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, of course that would be when she transformed herself into the Angel


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy, very much, all 3 books in this series, however it was a little disorienting having different narrators for each book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Prince: The Infernal Devices, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Heather Lind
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1709)
    Performance
    (1530)
    Story
    (1541)

    In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street - and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends. The special Collector’s First Edition will include a never-before-seen letter from Will to his family!

    Aimee says: "Beautifully Written."
    "Love Triangle Extraordinaire"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I absolutely would recommend this book also. Sometimes in a series, one book is better than the other. So far the 2 I have read, have had me totally engulfed and getting even more deeply invested into the lives and outcomes of these so very interesting characters and the dynamics of their daily lives being riddled with danger and wrapped in this heart felt love triangle.
    I can definitely see this in a movie...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Clockwork Prince?

    Most memorable for me is Nate dying in Tess's arms. Even with all he put her through, she still had such feeling for him and remembered how they used to be.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was obviously when Will and Tessa were on the balcony at the party getting lost in their feelings for one another. OBVIOUSLY...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes I cried a couple of times, when Will thought Tessa was dead, when Jem was trying to explain his feelings to Tessa and also when Will finally revealed to Tessa what happened to him and confessed his all consuming love for her.
    I also laughed quite a few times.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't care for the singing. Maybe the words of the songs could have been read out. It was like fingernails on a chalkboard.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2505)
    Performance
    (1907)
    Story
    (1912)

    When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

    Sam says: "Fantastic book!!"
    "Gripping!!!... Most Excellent..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Clockwork Angel to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the print version. But what an odd question... What was different from the print version?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Clockwork Angel?

    My most memorable would be the whole scene when Tessa met Camille for the first time.


    What does Jennifer Ehle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voice overs were really good. The narrator has quite a convincing range.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes... Absolutely. It never was dull and always moved forward with good interest.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Green

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jay Lake
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (151)

    She was born in poverty, in a dusty village under the equatorial sun. She does not remember her mother, she does not remember her own nameher earliest clear memory is of the day her father sold her to the tall pale man. In the Court of the Pomegranate Tree, where she was taught the ways of a courtesanand the skills of an assassinshe was named Emerald, the precious jewel of the Undying Dukes collection of beauties. She calls herself Green.

    Jefferson says: "Gods, Cat People, Female Assassins, Whips--"
    "Good but not great"
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    Would you listen to Green again? Why?

    Nah... While it was interesting to see the resolve unfold, it was a little too realistic to me. I like my fantasy books to be totally magical, distant and full of imagination. This one read like a story of a girl growing up in India. Even down to the detail of the Pardeens and an ox becoming a God. It all sounds like Indian culture and beliefs. Not that this is good or bad, it just didn't arouse my imagination very much.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jay Lake? Why or why not?

    Nah... First impressions and all, there is just too much available out there.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Performance was good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not the whole thing. Some parts yes but other parts dragged on a bit, especially in the beginning.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Book of Swords

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (64)

    Magistrate Wen Chang, famed for his investigative powers, and his young physician assistant, Kasimir, set out to recover Stonecutter and return the stolen Sword to its rightful owner, Prince Mark. The Red Temple, Blue Temple and a gang of rebels, each for their own purposes, are intent on possessing the Sword. A mysterious young girl, Natasha, enlisted by Kasimir as a spy, fascinates Kasimir, but can she be trusted? Listeners will need all their powers of ratiocination to unravel this adventure of the Sword of Siege

    Karen says: "Captivating Redemption"
    "Captivating Redemption"
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    Would you listen to The Third Book of Swords again? Why?

    Yes, I probably would. This one was captivating form the first chapter, full of action and a lot of resolve from the first 2 books.


    What other book might you compare The Third Book of Swords to and why?

    Comparable to book 1 in the series for the action and interest it holds. Also I would compare it to Warbreaker for an amazing ride of a story and a very satisfying resolve


    What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

    As with the first 2 books he was great. I still think some of the characters should have had a more powerful voice based on their personalities but overall his voice was very engulfing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Swords of Fate


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Book of Swords

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Mark and Ben travel deep into the Blue Temple's hidden horde of treasures in an attempt to recover gold and Swords for Sir Andrew. Gods, demons and human traitors have other plans for the Swords and for the adventurers. When playing the game of the gods no one's survival is secure, even a god's.

    Karen says: "A little disappointed"
    "A little disappointed"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book with caution. It is the continuation of book one and it must be read in order to go on to book three, however, it was slow and I had to make an extra effort to stay interested.


    If you’ve listened to books by Fred Saberhagen before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to other books by him except for book one in this series and this one pales by comparison


    What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

    Great voice overs for each character. Rise and fall of tone to make for interest. Some of the characters could have used a little more powerful voice based on their descriptions but overall I still think he was excellent


    Do you think The Second Book of Swords needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Sure it needs a follow-up because the story is not over. There hasn't been a resolve to the whole scheme of things yet. I just hope the last book holds more interest.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The First Book of Swords

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (185)

    For a game, the gods have given the world 12 Swords of Power so that they might be amused as the nations battle for their possession. But Vulcan the Smith has had his own little joke: the Swords can kill the gods themselves. What started out as Divine Jest has become all too serious as the gods fight to recover the Swords, and mortals discover that the mantle of power is more delicious and more terrible than anything they could have imagined.

    Natalie Ryan says: "Stands the test of time"
    "Never a dull moment"
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    If you could sum up The First Book of Swords in three words, what would they be?

    Action packed, Characters to identify with, Captivating story line... Sorry that was three phrases...lol


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sir Andrew. He still so much wants to see the good in humanity no matter how bad the person or situation is.


    What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narrator. i would give him 10 stars if possible. Voice characterization, appropriate speed of narration and rise and fall of the voice to induce mood and excitement.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really. Only moments of extreme suspense and relief


    Any additional comments?

    I liked that it was a relatively short book because it was so captivating that I wanted to finish the whole thing as quickly as possible. I'm definitely gonna get the next 2.

    My only dislike is that it ended a little abruptly in suspense and it is not an independent book. A person MUST get the other books to find real resolve in the story, but I guess that's the point of a series?...lol

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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